"Why must the begin digging their graves as soon as they are born?"
- Henry David Thoreau
Many people live their lives in a false security which is believed to be the correct and only realistic path in life. For example, someone spends their entire childhood in private school, only to move on to a prep school, and from there go to University. From there, they go into finance, work in an office, get rich, and die before enjoying whatever there is left to enjoy. Thoreau lead a life of his own, completely determined by himself. He wanted nothing to do with the miserable way of life so called civilization. He was an individualist, an innovator, and a thinker. He though for himself, on his own terms. He was not afraid to stand up for what he believed in.
Personally, I believe that Thoreau is one of the most provocative, interesting, and intellectual authors in history. He was the first of his time to truly question the way people live their lives. Nobody bothered to question the miserable path of life that so many people chose to lead. Had Thoreau not questioned, he very well could have been on that path himself. However, he chose to do differently.
From the excerpt that we read on Tuesday, Thoreau displayed his radical and opinionated political and social standpoints almost immediately. To my surprise, I agreed with just about all of them. I found that Thoreau's writing is not for the impatient, or the narrow minded. His writing could easily come off as cynical and harsh, but one must keep and open mind and be patient, because weather you know it or not, Thoreau has amazing things to offer.